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Brighton Beach

Take time out from the pulse of the city to relax in the calm waters of one of Melbourne’s most picturesque beaches.

Brighton Beach is actually a generic name for three different parts of Port Phillip Bay. Upper Brighton Beach leads into Middle Brighton Beach, known primarily for its historic sea baths and iconic pier. But one of the main attractions is undoubtedly Dendy Street Beach, whose famous beach huts have made it one of the most photographed locations on this picturesque stretch of coastline.

These brightly painted huts, or “bathing boxes”, date back to the Victorian era, when sea bathers protected their modesty by changing in privacy. The heritage-protected boxes are still in use today, with annual licences highly sought-after among local families seeking a convenient and novel base on the beach. The modest wooden-framed structures are all built to the same practical design, with weatherboard sides and corrugated-iron roofs, but have been decorated in highly individual styles and striking colours. Weekends in particular are a good time to stroll along the beach and maybe catch a quick glimpse inside the occupied huts.

Brighton’s three beaches are all patrolled by lifeguards and the waters are generally calm, making them popular and safe places for bathing. The grassy foreshore provides plenty of recreational opportunities, from picnicking to ball games, while separate walking and cycling paths along Port Phillip Bay offer wonderful panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline on one side and the ocean on the other.

Brighton Beach is situated in the upmarket suburb of Port Phillip Bay and is easily accessible by bus or via the Sandringham train. Alternatively, it’s around a 30-minute drive from the centre of Melbourne and there is a pay car park nearby. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and drinking water, as the sun can get very strong, especially in high season.

Popular Activities at Brighton Beach

Want to make your time spent at Brighton Beach even more unforgettable? Don't forget to try out some of these things to do:

Why not consider buying a Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Moonlit Sanctuary & Seal Rocks Day Tour? It's one of the most exciting experiences on offer here.

If you're looking for more activities, examine our Brighton things to do page.


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Brighton Savoy SG$154
Brighton Savoy

Brighton Savoy

150 Esplanade, Brighton
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 540 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Brighton hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Beach and Green Point. St. Kilda Beach and South Melbourne Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is 11 minutes by foot and Brighton Beach Station is 20 minutes.

    A 'boutique Stays' Home Pet Friendly Walking Distance to Beach
    A 'boutique Stays' Home Pet Friendly Walking Distance to Beach

    A 'boutique Stays' Home Pet Friendly Walking Distance to Beach

    , Brighton
       
      0.0 out of 5.0

      Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Brighton Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Kilda Beach and Caulfield Racecourse. Palais Theatre and St. Kilda Sea Baths are also within 6 mi (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is 12 minutes by foot and Brighton Beach Station is 22 minutes.

      Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode
      Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode

      Boutique Stays - Brighton Abode

      16 Victoria Street, Brighton
         
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Brighton, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Beach and Green Point. St. Kilda Beach and Caulfield Racecourse are also within 6 mi (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton Beach Station is 22 minutes.

        Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton SG$153
        Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton

        Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton

        3 Male Street, Brighton
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 412 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Beach and Green Point. St. Kilda Beach and Caulfield Racecourse are also within 6 mi (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is only a 2-minute walk and Brighton Beach Station is 21 minutes.

          Boutique Stays - The Residence
          Boutique Stays - The Residence

          Boutique Stays - The Residence

          , Brighton
             
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the suburbs, this romantic property is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Brighton Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Kilda Beach and Palais Theatre. Chapel Street and St Kilda Pier are also within 6 mi (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is 6 minutes by foot and North Brighton Station is 19 minutes.

            Quest Brighton on the Bay SG$143
            Quest Brighton on the Bay

            Quest Brighton on the Bay

            250 Esplanade, Brighton
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 428 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the bay, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Brighton Beach and 3 mi (4.8 km) from St. Kilda Beach. Green Point is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. Middle Brighton Station is 16 minutes by foot and North Brighton Station is 25 minutes.

              Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose
              Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose

              Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose

              1/12 Grosvenor Street, Brighton
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Brighton Beach and 3 mi (4.9 km) from St. Kilda Beach. Green Point is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Middle Brighton Station is 15 minutes by foot and North Brighton Station is 23 minutes.

                Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose
                Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose

                Boutique Stays - Brighton Rose

                , Brighton
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in the suburbs, this romantic vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Brighton Beach and 3.1 mi (5 km) from St. Kilda Beach. Palais Theatre and St Kilda Pier are also within 6 mi (10 km). Middle Brighton Station is 14 minutes by foot and North Brighton Station is 21 minutes.